DANIEL WAS CAPTURED AND TAKEN CAPTIVE UNDER NEBUCHADNEZZAR & HE WAS CARRIED TO THE KINGDOM OF BABYLON SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE JERUSALEM FELL, WHICH WAS 586 B.C.
NEBUCHADNEZZAR GOT FED UP WITH THE STUBBORN JEWS! He’d been down there 2 or 3 times before & made’m say “uncle,” but he decided this was going to be the last time, & this time they tore down the walls of Jerusalem‚ they destroyed the Temple & they took all the outstanding people, rich people, smart people, educated people, teachers‚ artisans & the intelligentsia of the Kingdom.
SO THIS MAN DANIEL, EVEN THOUGH HE WAS MADE A RICH MAN BY THE KING, WAS A PRISONER IN BABYLON. He outlasted several kings. Think of it! He outlasted the King who captured him, Nebuchadnezzar, & his son, & Belshazzar his grandson‚ Then came Darius who led the army that captured the city, & he was king of the Medes. That’s always easy to remember because the Medes were first. But then the Persians rose up afterward & it became a united kingdom, & Cyrus was the greatest, & we’re going to see that in this Chapter.
BEFORE EITHER THE MEDO–PERSIAN OR GRECIAN EMPIRES EVER RULED, THE PROPHET DANIEL‚ IN THE YEAR 539 B.C. PREDICTED THAT WAR WOULD BE FOUGHT BETWEEN THESE TWO WORLD EMPIRES, and prophesied its outcome. It was precisely fulfilled just as he predicted over 200 years later, in 333 B.C.!
THIS REMARKABLE VISION OF DANIEL CHAPTER 8 BEGINS WITH THIS PROPHECY regarding the conflict between Medo–Persia and Alexander the Great. Then the prophet, using this vision as a springboard, thrusts far off into the future and the events of THE ENDTIME—the time in which we are now living! (The vision is covered in verses 1-14, and interpretation in verses 15-27.)
VISION: “In the third year of the reign of Belshazzar (539 B.C.) a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel… And I saw in a vision… before the river a ram which had two horns… one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward.” (Dan.8:1-4)
INTERPRETATION: “And it came to pass, when I… had seen the vision‚ and sought for the meaning… I heard a man’s voice… which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision… And he said… The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.” (Dan.8:15,16‚19‚20)
THE MEDO-PERSIAN EMPIRE WAS A DUAL POWER, “TWO HORNS” BUT THE PERSIANS WERE THE STRONGER OF THE TWO: “one was higher than the other“. Though Darius the Mede was a great conqueror and conquered the so-called impregnable city of Babylon, it was Cyrus the Persian and his Persian Empire that eventually reigned supreme: “the higher came up last”.
WHAT GREAT PROPHET OF GOD PREDICTED THE NAME OF CYRUS A COUPLE OF HUNDRED YEARS BEFORE CYRUS EVEN AROSE OR EVEN WAS BORN OR LIVED? (Isaiah.) The Lord said‚ “You’ll know I’m God & this is My prophecy & it’s going to come true ’cause I’m going to even tell you the name of the man who’s going to set you Jews free from your captivity!” Even before the captivity occurred He said, “I’m going to tell you the name of the man who’s going to set you free—Cyrus!” (Isa.44:28; 45:1) And did he? He came a couple of hundred years later & set them free!
JUST THINK, DANIEL LIVED THROUGH MOST OF THESE KINGS! His life in Babylon extended from the first year of Nebuchadnezzar through the reigns of the succeeding five kings, past the Fall of Babylon, through the reign of Darius the Mede, even unto the third year of Cyrus the Persian & the Persian Empire! We’re going to hit some of the details of history, marvels of fulfilled prophecy in history, in this passage today.
VISION: “And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the West on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.”And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and he smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand… Therefore the he goat waxed very great.” (Dan.8:5,7,8a)
INTERPRETATION: “The rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.” (Dan.8:21)
HERE WE HAVE THE HE GOAT OF GREECE WITH ITS “GREAT HORN“‚ ALEXANDER THE GREAT, furiously bounding from the West (Greece) to destroy the ram of Persia. During this war the Persian Kings put nearly 5 million men into battle, one of the largest war machines ever assembled in all history. Yet Alexander‚ with a force of only 500,000, outnumbered 10 to 1, totally routed this superior force and did it with very few casualties.
GOD WAS BEHIND THE GREEKS IN THESE BATTLES IN ORDER TO PREPARE THE WORLD FOR THE COMING OF CHRIST by giving the world a common language, Greek, and awakening a great interest in philosophy and religion through the Hellenistic culture.
IN FACT, IT WAS THIS VERY PROPHECY WHICH SAVED ISRAEL when Alexander came to Jerusalem during the course of his conquests. The Jews took him and showed him the scroll of this prophecy that named his empire, and it so pleased Alexander that he left Israel alone and didn’t ravage it as he had all the other nations that he conquered.
VISION: “Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong the great horn was broken.” (Dan.8:8a)
INTERPRETATION: At 20 years of age Alexander began his military campaign, conquering all the civilised world from Greece to India‚ and from southern Russia to northern Africa in only 10 years. No doubt this swift conquest is why the Lord pictured his kingdom as a winged leopard in the vision of Daniel 7, and here as a he goat that didn’t touch the ground!
BUT JUST AS HE WAS AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS POWER, “when he was strong“, at the young age of only 33 years, Alexander died. “The great horn was broken”, without a hand. Think of that! He lived through all those battles, killed all those people, was threatened by millions of soldiers, & wound up sick in bed dying of a fever. They say he died whimpering, crying‚ because there were no more worlds to conquer! In fact, they say he died drunk, he actually drank himself to death because he was through conquering the World & there wasn’t anything else to do‚ so he just lived in pleasure with his bacterial wife, must have caught the germ, & died of a fever! Bet you won’t forget that, will you!
VISION: “And for it (the great horn) came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.” (Dan.8:8b)
INTERPRETATION: “Now that being broken‚ whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.” (Dan.8:22)
THE MEDO-PERSIAN EMPIRE FELL TO ALEXANDER, and when he fell his four generals divided his empire up into four major divisions toward the four winds—East‚ West, North, and South. These four kingdoms were depicted as a four-headed leopard in Daniel 7.
BEFORE HE DIED THEY ASKED HIM, “TO WHOM IS YOUR EMPIRE GOING TO GO?” Because now by this time he really ruled the World all the way from India to Greece, & from Egypt probably up to the border of Russia, all that amounted to anything in those days. That was the area of the great powers & great nations & rich countries of the World! They weren’t out West, they weren’t back East, nothing in North America to speak of. This was the center of World power, the center of great empires, all this area that you see here & beyond, Greece, Rome etc. No more worlds to conquer! So he died of drunk-enness & pleasure & it sounds like bacteria, a fever.
BUT BEFORE HE DIED HIS FOUR GENERALS ASKED HIM, “TO WHICH ONE OF US SHOULD THE KINGDOM GO?” And what did Alexander say? (To the strongest!) A rather wise say-ing, wasn’t it? What would that have meant if they’d done it? They’d have had a big bunch of wars fighting each other for the kingdom, which they really did later. But at that time they made a very wise decision. They decided they’d split it up peacefully instead of having a bunch of wars & just making themselves weak & divided so that other powers like Rome would overcome them‚ which it did later, because they did divide later & did begin fighting each other.
GOING CLOCKWISE FROM WEST TO SOUTH, the names of these four kingdoms are: West—Greece: This is about the same area as modern Greece, but included a lot more territory back then; North—Assyria or modern Turkey: This included what is today even part of Russia; East—Syria: This was the old Syrian Empire, which today includes not only modern Syria, but also Iraq, Iran and parts of Pakistan and India! South—Egypt: Also Libya, Ethiopia and all the area of northeast Africa were ruled by Egypt in those days.
SO JUST EXACTLY AS GOD SHOWED THE PROPHET DANIEL, THE WHOLE THING CAME TO PASS, although it took many years before it all happened. Daniel was prophesying, in round numbers, approximately, we don’t know exactly, probably sometime before the year 500 B.C. Alexander conquered the World between what years? (333 & 323.)—Ten years, so that’s easy to remember. He conquered the World by 324 & died in 323. So actually it was 10 years from 333 through 324, & then 323 would have been the 11th year & he died. So it was divided up at the time of his death, which was 323. Now all of a sudden a sudden change takes place here.
From this verse the PROPHET NOW SUDDENLY JUMPS INTO THE FAR FUTURE and Endtime events.
VISION: “And out of one of them (these 4 land divisions) came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great‚ toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.” (Dan.8:9)
WELL‚ HE’S TALKING MOSTLY IN THIS CHAPTER ABOUT WHAT TWO GREAT EMPIRES‚ TO BEGIN WITH? (Medo-Persia & Greece.) Those are the main subjects, the two beasts that he saw in the vision. Then out of where these four horns were, these four divisions of the empire, sprang a little horn. He’s particularly talking about places now, that part of the Grecian Empire‚ & about the same little horn that he talked about back in Chapter 7. And He’s jumping over Rome completely, not going into detail about Rome or anything like that. He already dealt with that in the last chapter in detail. So He’s pushing you suddenly into the future. In fact, He’s not only jumping over ancient Rome, but He’s jumping over modern Rome & the whole stretch of Roman domination of the World for the past 2,000 years or more so that He’s landing you where? When is the Little Horn going to arise?—Now, at the End!
WHY DOES HE DO IT THIS WAY? WHY DOESN’T HE MENTION THAT OTHER BEAST, ROME? Why doesn’t He say something about Rome? The Lord is especially interested in describing to Daniel those last kings, & especially the Antichrist, & He spent more time on that event in Chapter 7. So again He’s jumping over the whole thing, catapulting over a great gap of 2,000 years of history in order to show you the Antichrist, & more important, this is the only Scripture in which it tells where he is from!
INTERPRETATION: “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.” (Dan.8:23)
Here we have not only the GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION FROM WHICH THE ANTICHRIST (this little horn) WILL COME‚ BUT ALSO THE TIME OF HIS COMING! “Out of one” of the four divisions of Alexander’s kingdom in the “latter time” a “little horn”‚ or a “king of fierce countenance”, shall “come forth”.
In 1965, my Mother received the now-famous “Warning Prophecy” concerning the coming “GREAT CONFUSION”, which predicted that IT WOULD ORIGINATE “OUT OF MEMPHIS”, EGYPT. Nearly a year later this was confirmed by Jeanne Dixon’s book‚ “A Gift of Prophecy”, in which she related a vision which showed a young man coming out of Egypt who was to rule the world! In her later book, “My Life and Prophecies”, a revision of the older edition, she interprets this young man as being the coming world dictator known as the Antichrist in the Bible!
NOW IF EGYPT COULD BE THAT KINGDOM FROM WHICH THE LITTLE HORN IS TO SPRING, let’s see if the description of the three directions of its expansion or “waxing” fits.
EGYPT HAS LOTS OF ROOM FOR EXPANSION “toward the south“—the whole continent of Africa; “toward the east“—lots of room for growth toward Asia; and “toward the pleasant land“‚ which is Israel (Ps.106:24 and Jer.3:19)
If he is going to expand toward the 1) south, 2) east, and 3) the pleasant land, he MUST BE LOCATED SOUTH OF THE PLEASANT LAND, because if he were north of it, the pleasant land would be south and the prophecy would have given only two directions, south and east; but instead it gives three separate directions here.
For these reasons we are pretty well convinced that the ANTICHRIST WILL COME OUT OF THE SOUTHERN SECTION OF EGYPT, which, remember, includes not only Egypt, but also Libya and all of northern Africa.
IT SAYS THAT HE WILL “UNDERSTAND DARK SENTENCES“. In Ezekiel chapter 28 the Antichrist is allegorically pictured as the “prince of Tyrus”‚ of whom it says, “thou art wiser than Daniel: there is no secret that they can hide from thee.” (Ezk.28:3) In Revelation it says of the beast, or Antichrist, that “the dragon (or devil) gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” (Rev.13:2) He’s going to be in direct communication with the devil himself.
In Daniel 7 we saw that this little horn rising after the other 10 kingdoms, with the eyes and mouth showing that the little horn is ultimately fulfilled in an individual. But here it says that this individual, THIS LITTLE HORN OR FIERCE KING, ISN’T COMING FROM THE SUPER POWERS, BUT FROM THE SMALL THIRD WORLD KINGDOM OF EGYPT.
GOD HIMSELF IS GOING TO PERMIT AND ALLOW THE ANTICHRIST TO RISE TO POWER, “For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God”, (Rom.13:1) and the Antichrist will do the world good at first. He will be just like Satan, who started out as a servant of God but then became exalted in self-worship and lost God’s blessing. As long as he’s doing the will of God, why couldn’t we work with him? This is the way many prophets operated‚ from Joseph with Egypt’s Pharaoh to Daniel with Babylon’s Nebuchadnezzar, plus many others.
NOW SOME HAVE SAID THAT THIS LITTLE HORN WAS FULFILLED IN ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES, a Grecian ruler of Syria who wrought great persecution against the Jews during the years 168-165 B.C. and no doubt he was an intermediate fulfillment of the final little horn‚ as others also have been.
However, the angelic messenger who gives Daniel the vision makes it perfectly clear when THIS LITTLE HORN IS TO ARISE when he stated four times, “AT THE TIME OF THE END shall be the vision” (verse 17); “I will make thee to know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be” (verse 19); “In the latter time of their kingdom.” (verse 23)
VISION: “And it (little horn) waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.” (Dan.8:10)
INTERPRETATION: “His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power (but “the dragon” or devil “gave him his power”—Rev.13:2): and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.” (Dan.8:24)
SOME PEOPLE SAY, “WELL, THAT `HOST OF HEAVEN’ MUST BE SOME OF THE DEVIL’S ANGELS.” Do you think the Antichrist, or really the devil (as the Antichrist will be the devil in the flesh) do you think the devil would be stamping on some of his own angels? No, it’s the Church! THE HOST OF HEAVEN REPRESENTS GOD’S CHILDREN! Certainly the A.C. couldn’t stamp on God’s angels, that’s for sure, Well, Let me tell you, if the Antichrist has got power over Angels we might as well quit right now! But it’s not talking about the Angels. The hosts of Heaven & some of its stars are never going to be conquered by the Antichrist!—The Devil, yes. A third of the Angels follow him out of Heaven when he’s cast out (Rev.12:4), so if you want to twist that like some Bible Prophecy teachers do & say, “Well, the Antichrist was possessed of the Devil, the Devil really is the Little Horn & he does cast down a third of the Angels, therefore that fulfils this Scripture”, all right, you can interpret it that way if you want to. But because of the way this is fit in here & because of many other Scriptures, I’m more convinced it’s talking about his war with the greatest host of Heaven! And do you know who they are?—You!
IN THE EYES OF GOD, YOU’RE THE HEAVENLY HOST‚ YOU’RE GOING TO BE THE GREATEST HOST OF HEAVEN! “Know ye not that ye shall judge Angels?” (1Cor.6:3) God said at first that He even made Jesus a little lower than the Angels. (Heb.2:9) That was only in His Earthly life. But the day is coming when having gone through this test, some things that even the Angels haven’t gone through, you’re going to judge Angels! so it has to be the Church.
The “host of heaven” in verse 10 is the same as the “holy people” of verse 24. “Holy” means “set apart“, or “separate”—God’s children who drop out of the unclean System to serve God (II Cor. 6:14-18) and dwell by faith‚ right now, as Paul said, “In heavenly places in Christ Jesus”. (Ep. 2:6‚ also Col. 3:1-3) So, contrary to the opinion of some of the Church, GOD’S PEOPLE WILL STILL BE HERE DURING THE ANTICHRIST REIGN‚ UNDERGOING A TIME OF GREAT TRIBULATION AND PERSECUTION, as we saw in Daniel 7:21.
VISION: “Yea‚ he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and it prospered.” (Dan.8:11, 12)
INTERPRETATION: “Through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand, and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes: but he shall be broken without hand.” (Dan.8:25)
THE DAILY SACRIFICE IS THE RELIGIOUS WORSHIP OF ALL FAITHS, which he will replace with an abomination, or “transgression of desolation” of his own image (verse 13). Verses 12 and 13 of this chapter (which will be explained in our class on Daniel 9) and other references predict that the ANTICHRIST WILL MAKE A COVENANT TO PERMIT A DAILY SACRIFICE OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP, which shows that he GETS INTO POWER WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE RELIGIOUS WORLD. But when he finally does come to power the thing goes to his head, and he becomes completely possessed of the devil and wants all religions wiped out and only complete worship of himself!
MANY PROPHETIC PASSAGES ABOUT THE ENDTIME REFER TO WHAT SEEMS TO BE A LITERAL SANCTUARY OR TEMPLE WHICH IS TO BE DESECRATED BY THE ANTICHRIST. “The son of perdition (the Antichrist)… he as God sitteth in the temple of God…” (2Thes.2:3,4—see also Mt.24:15 and Dan.11:31) so it seems that the ancient Jewish temple that used to stand on Mt. Moriah where the Mosque of Omar now stands will be rebuilt.
SO AT THIS TIME THE DAILY SACRIFICE HAS OBVIOUSLY BEEN RESUMED FOR SOME TIME, BUT “BY HIM”—THE ANTICHRIST—”THE DAILY SACRIFICE WAS TAKEN AWAY & the place of his sanctuary was cast down.” In other words, the Antichrist is going to destroy the altar on which the sacrifice is made, I doubt if he’s going to destroy the Temple because it says in the Bible he’s going to occupy it himself. “He’ll sit in the Temple of God saying that he is God.”—2Thes.2:4. So he’s not going to destroy the Temple.
BUT IT MEANS IT’S MADE ABOMINABLE, IT’S DESECRATED, IT’S MADE NO LONGER SACRED, & this is why the Idol or the Image is called “the Abomination of Desolation.” It’s an abomination to God & it’s going to desolate the World. It’s called that time & time again throughout the Bible, in both the New & Old Testament, so it’s a very well-known term. And this is obviously at the time when the Abomination of Desolation occurs & the Holy Place is desecrated by the Antichrist. (Explained in our class on Daniel 9)
HOWEVER‚ THE SANCTUARY THAT HE CASTS DOWN IS NOT ONLY THE TEMPLE AT JERUSALEM‚ BUT ALSO THE TRUE TEMPLE OF GOD, the one and only temple of God, the Spiritual temple of God—you and me! (1Pt.2:5) “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God?” (1Cor.3:16)
“BY REASON OF TRANSGRESSION”—BECAUSE OF TRANSGRESSION. WHOSE TRANSGRESSION? Why does God allow this to happen? Why does He allow this Jewish worship to be stopped & the place desecrated & an abomination of desolation put in there? Whose sins? Who’s worshipping? (The Jews.) He allows it to happen because of their sins, actually as a blow against their own sacrificial worship. The Antichrist doesn’t like it, but here’s a shocker‚ God doesn’t like it either! Because the day of all that ignorance is past! There’s no more Temple, no more Temple–worship, there should be no more Temple, God saw to that, there should be no more Temple-worship‚ no more sacrifices! Jesus was the one & only & final Sacrifice, & this kind of sacrificial worship is an abomination in itself to God! So God allows the Antichrist to destroy it!
THE LAST TIME HE ALLOWED THE ROMANS TO DESTROY IT In 70.A.D. , & HERE’S THE NEW LEADER OF ROME DESTROYING IT AGAIN! The Romans were the tools of God to destroy the Temple & sacrificial worship & Temple–worship of the Jews because of their sins, & there it’s happening all over again. “By reason of their transgression,” their sins.
VISION: “HOW LONG SHALL BE THE VISION CONCERNING THE DAILY SACRIFICE AND THE TRANSGRESSION OF DESOLATION?” (Dan.8:13b) He’s asking how long, concerning this daily sacrifice, this sacrificial worship of the Jews at the new Temple‚ & the transgression of desolation.—Here’s again the Abomination of Desolation, that’s what it’s speaking of, the Image‚ in the Holy Place (Rev.13:14).
“TO GIVE BOTH THE SANCTUARY & THE HOST TO BE TRODDEN UNDER FOOT?.” (Dan.8:13c) The sanctuary, in other words the Temple, in a sense, is going to be trodden under the foot of whom? The Antichrist & his forces. They’re going to tread Jerusalem down, God’s Word says‚ they’re going to tread it under foot! That doesn’t mean destroy it, in this case, but they’re going to conquer it, rule it, tread it under foot, & the Antichrist is going to walk into the Temple, sit down in the high priest’s throne & say, “I am God! Worship me!” God’s Word says so as clear as anything! Where does it say that?—2Thessalonians 2! It says there that he shall sit in the Temple of God, as God, claiming that he is God! That’s the desecration of the Temple, treading the sanctuary under foot.
OBVIOUSLY THE TEMPLE MUST BE REBUILT IN ORDER TO HAVE IT THERE & BE TRODDEN UNDER FOOT. That’s the sanctuary. And who’s the host that’s trodden under foot? (God’s people.)—The true people of God! There may be a few honest Jews who are finally going to see he’s not the guy when he starts making them worship him & his idol. But the Jews are not the principal ones that he treads under foot. The ones he treads under foot first are going to be the Christians.
NOW WHAT DO YOU SUPPOSE IT MEANS BY THE SANCTUARY BEING CLEANSED?
In other words, this worship of the Antichrist stopped!
INTERPRETATION:”And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” (Dan.8:14)
- Daniel 8:13,14 says that the “daily sacrifice and the transgression of desolation” shall be “two thousand and three hundred days.” Daniel 9:27 says that the daily sacrifice ceases in the midst of the week, Cleansing the sanctuary could not possibly occur until we’ve gotten rid of the Antichrist & his kingdom, which could only occur at the Battle of Armageddon, whether it’s at the beginning or the end of it? Daniel 12:11 tells us “from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.”
If this is when the sanctuary is cleansed then Subtracting 1290 from 2300 gives us the length of time for the daily sacrifice—1010 days‚ which is 250 days short of 3-1/2 years. Since the daily sacrifice ceases in the midst of the 7 years, this 250 days without sacrifice must occur at the beginning of the 7 years. After the covenant is confirmed, the Jews have 250 days? In preparation for resuming sacrificial worship.
Or if the Sanctuary is cleansed at the end of Armageddon then it just throws it off by 45 days (see chart below)
WHEN THE JEWS BEGIN TO SACRIFICE AGAIN—& they always do that at the dedication of the new Temple‚ they’ve done it for thousands of years—you will know then that it will be 2300 days until (The sanctuary is cleansed)
SO I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU WHEN THESE 2300 DAYS END, BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW! But I’m inclined to think it it cleansed at the beginning of the battle of armageddon because the question asked was “HOW LONG SHALL BE THE VISION CONCERNING THE DAILY SACRIFICE AND THE TRANSGRESSION OF DESOLATION?” And Daniel 12:11 tells us when the TRANSGRESSION OF DESOLATION (Abomination Of Desolation) ends by saying “from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” Then all we have to do is subtract 1290 from 2300 Days Giving us the time for the daily sacrifice 1010 days, which is 250 days short of 1260 days or 3 1/2 years which must occur at the beginning of the 7 years.
“Through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand” IT SAYS HERE THAT THIS FIERCE KING WILL CAUSE “CRAFT” (WITCH CRAFT, OR SPIRITUALISM) TO PROSPER IN HIS HAND. But today the whole world has been so de-spiritualised and de-religionised that they will no longer accept anything “spiritual” or “religious” as being “scientific” or true. However‚ the devil, in THE ANTICHRIST, IS GOING TO DEMONSTRATE HIS SUPERNATURAL POWER BY EXPLAINING THAT THE POWER IS PURELY “SCIENTIFIC“, and that he’s only using “scientific” power!
People are not willing to accept the explanation God has already given in the Bible for these spiritual realities, but are trying to find some other explanations! They will find an answer eventually, and it’s going to be satanic! But they’re going to have very scientific reasons for it all!
“BY PEACE HE SHALL DESTROY MANY.” How can he destroy many by peace? THE COMMUNISTS CAPTURE THE PEOPLE’S MINDS WITH THEIR PEACEFUL PROPAGANDA: “Come and die for the truth and you’ll live forever in the people you have liberated!” But it’s a lie! So instead they die for a lie and die forever! By peace they destroy many!
“”HE SHALL ALSO STAND UP AGAINST THE PRINCE OF PRINCES.”, OF COURSE, JESUS CHRIST. (Rev.19:16) By fighting against the Church he will be fighting Christ. As Jesus said to Saul‚ who was persecutor of the Early Church before being converted and becoming the great Apostle Paul, “Saul, Saul, why persecutes thou Me?” (Ac.9:4,5)
GOD GETS THE VICTORY IN THE END, THOUGH, AND THE LITTLE HORN “SHALL BE BROKEN WITHOUT HAND“, “by the sword of Him (Jesus) which sword proceedeth out of His mouth.” (Rev.19:21) As Martin Luther said, “The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo‚ his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him.” And that Word is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God“—Jesus Christ! (Ep.6:17; Jn.1:1)
In spite of all the wrath of bestial, atrocious man against the Children of God during the coming worldwide devilish dictatorship of the Antichrist regime, which will war on God’s saints throughout three–and-a-half years of a reign of terror‚ called in the Bible the Great Tribulation, THE FORCES OF EVIL WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO COMPLETELY DESTROY GOD’S TRUE CHILDREN, and multitudes of them will still be here to joyously welcome Christ’s triumphal re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere to destroy God’s enemies in great vengeance with a great and terrible slaughter!
“WHEREFORE SHUT THOU UP THE VISION FOR IT SHALL BE FOR MANY DAYS!” “It’s going to be a long time, Daniel, before it happens. Don’t worry! Shut it up! It’s not for you, it’s not for now, it’s not for a long time.”
“THE VISION”, DANIEL SAID “IS TRUE”, AND IT IS GOING TO COME TO PASS (Dan.8:26)! Our only hope of survival, therefore‚ is to be prepared spiritually and even practically, with both the personal experience of Salvation—a change of heart by God’s love in Jesus—and by a working knowledge of His Word and what it advises us to do under such conditions of the difficult days that are coming. We love you!